The past few days have not been great for Manchester City. After falling to a chaotic 3-2 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, which saw City dismantled by summer transfer target Harry Kane, their lead at the top of the Premier League table was reduced to just three points when Liverpool hammered Leeds United 6-0 at Anfield.
What made matters more frustrating was that Spurs, four days after their heroics at the Etihad Stadium, preceded to lose 1-0 to relegation-threatened Burnley.
After the Spurs game, City Is Ours editor Dom Farrell chatted to Liverpool.com’s James Martin about the state of the title race. While James was obviously pleased about City’s defeat to Spurs, City’s never-say-die attitude did worry him slightly.
JM : “I think that the biggest difference between Liverpool and City is that when City do go behind, there is that assumption that ‘yeah, they are probably going to find a way to win’. Liverpool at their best have that as a key knack , too – you saw that in the title-winning season, they’d get late goals all over the place, but I think you’d back City more to come back from losing positions.”
DF : “It’s interesting that you say that. It looks like a little bit of a new trait, that City are a team now that do come from behind. Certainly last season, as successful as that season was, and the season before when Liverpool won the league, there did tend to be an element of when City went 1-0 down, shoulders slumped, and they spent 70 minutes battering at a 10-man defense and not getting through.
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“There was the game at Anfield where City came back twice to draw. Then they came from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain. Since the turn of the year, they’ve been behind against Arsenal. They came from behind at Southampton – which looks like a good point the way they’re playing.
“If we’re looking for silver linings in the Tottenham game, City have had a lot of maddening defeats to Tottenham, but they’ve generally been 1-0 or 2-0 and can’t score all day. They did come from behind twice and then preceded to play like bizarrely headless chickens after Mahrez equalised.That’s going to be the key thing from a City point of view – it was such an un-City way to lose.They equalised and then forgot how to keep the ball .”
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.